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Tristan Irschlinger

Policy Advisor, Fisheries Subsidies

Tristan Irschlinger is a Policy Advisor, Fisheries Subsidies at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

A policy analyst and project manager with significant experience working on trade and sustainable development issues, Tristan brings an excellent understanding of international cooperation to his study of financial support for fisheries. Prior to joining IISD, he worked as a program officer and acting program manager for the Environment and Natural Resources program at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He also served as an associate program management officer for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), an analyst for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and an academic trainee for the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA.

While at ICTSD, Tristan was the managing editor of Bridges Africa and Passerelles, two periodical reviews focusing on trade and sustainable development issues in relation to Africa. He also founded and served as vice-president for Jet d’Encre—Tribune indépendante pour une pensée plurielle, a multilingual web platform that publishes analyses and perspectives on a wide range of issues.

Tristan Irschlinger has a master’s degree in international relations/political science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

He is fluent in both French and English.

All Publications

  • WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies: What's the state of play? With only a few months left to conclude WTO talks on fisheries subsidies, this update provides an overview of the draft consolidated text circulated by the Chair of negotiations on June 25, 2020. It highlights the key decisions WTO Members will need to make to reach an agreement.
  • Exploring the Trade Impacts of Fossil Fuel Subsidies How do fossil fuel subsidies affect competitiveness and trade in various markets, and what is the likely scale of such impacts? This paper sheds light on the relevance of fossil fuel subsidies from an international trade policy perspective, in particular for the WTO.
  • Deep Dive Into Fisheries Subsidies, Part 1: Senegal and the suffering sardinella Overfishing has reached alarming proportions in West Africa, affecting the local economy, culture and people's daily lives. How can a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies help?
  • Overfishing Calls for Concrete Actions Our oceans and fish stocks—and the populations that depend on them—all suffer from the consequences of overfishing. We share a glimpse of the current WTO push to end harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020.